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For the love of winter

For the love of winter

An invigorating dog walk along the East River soothes the soul and eases the mind when its overloaded with negative stimuli brought on by life’s external forces – and then compounded by its confluence of the many modes of communication (or lack thereof.)

So a vigorous stroll and an afternoon coffee often does the trick to assist in dealing with today’s (M)asses and its vexing effect it can have on those of us who truly want to understand and properly communicate.

This is not an angry rant, but observations, questions and pondering.

Is anybody else tired of the social media vagaries from the mundane minds (which will never cease to amaze me)?
Believe me, you’re not as good as you think you are at “being understood” if you don’t take your time, think, then properly and succinctly express thoughts or communicate your ideas.
How some people manage to function (and communicate) in daily life is beyond me.


Here’s a hint: using complete sentences would be a good start.

Oh, and the world doesn’t revolve around you and your vaguely expressed thoughts; and (most of us) on social media still can’t read minds.

So spell it out if you want help/concern/response.

Give us a reference point. Toss us more than a monosyllable clue. Especially if you’re complaining about something…

And complaining about things over which we have no control is futile and a little negative too (if not properly expressed)
Like bitching about the weather.

What can you do about it?  Nothing.

My dog and I love Autumn. And we  love winter too. We really dig Springtime, but aren’t too keen on the heat and humidity of summer.

But to some negative nellies with whom I chat  think I’m a schmuck because I enjoy cool, gray, rainy days…really?

I think NYC looks great when its a little gloomy.

You like what you like, and I like what I like. It’s all good as far as I’m concerned. Let’s enjoy it all.

But let’s look at it for what it is when it comes to weather today. Seventy degrees in November in NYC ain’t normal.

You see, I don’t think it’s normal to have “summer-like temperatures” in F’n November. Especially in The Big Apple.

It’s the end of November, which means December is fast approaching, which means it’s winter; so it’s going to be colder in the majority of areas around the country (most of which is a temperate zone).

And yes, it may even snow. Oh no!! Snow!! People freak and go bananas and buy toilet paper, milk, bread, (and wine and cannoli.)

So if I happen to enjoy cloudy and cool days, it doesn’t mean I am against you or your way of life or impugning your family name.

Have at it. Give it a think. “Horses for courses” is an apropos idiom.

Some people dig cold climes, others dig hot.

But think about heat in the winter.

You bitch about global warming during the summer but celebrate its (negative) effects when it’s actually supposed to be cold.
…Even the F’n meteorologists whine about it “getting ugly” out there with the drop in temperatures…and lament the coming of winter.

And some even say “I’m sorry it’s going to be ‘bad weather’ out there for you.”
…Yea,right. Like you can control it.

Stop getting angry/upset/surprised when it’s “cold in November.”  It’s supposed to be!

Well, I happen to like autumn AND winter…and appreciate its cold and blustery days.
It doesn’t bother me if you don’t like it. I don’t take offence.  But don’t bust balls when someone opposes your meteorologic viewpoint.

Maybe if we stop taking every bloody thing so personally, the world would be a little less hectic and a little more tolerant of opposing viewpoints.

Now if you’ll excuse me, the dog and I are going to bundle-up, go for a walk, and appreciate the joys of Winter.

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